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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Training while drinking is bad for your health.

 Well now that 7 weeks are down I can see the finish line. The 9 week challenge is no longer a marathon but a sprint to the finish. Unlike the last we spoke I am not going to bore you with a poor attempt at humour, so you won’t have to wade through a couple of pages of bad cop jokes to get to the weekly losses.
Waist measurement:     122cm (-2cm)
Resting Heart Rate:         69bpm (-1 bpm)
Weight:                              135.6 (the same)
Now why did I not lose any weight? I could say that I have no idea. I could also say that it was just an off week, an aberration. Or I could also tell you that I had a really good week eating right and working out and then ruined it all by having a big night out of drinking and eating bad things. Now if I did say those things which one would you believe?
Yup that’s right I had a big weekend. I won’t give too many details but let’s just say it involved golf, the pub, rugby league, a casino and Weird Al Yankovic. While I had a great time it was hardly a set of activities conducive to weight loss and fitness. Anyway I have enough guilt coming from within so I won’t dwell on it any longer here.
I Blame Weird Al.

Last week I mentioned I will be facing a big challenge in the final two weeks of the program. That challenge is a small pacific nation, about 4 hour’s flight time from Sydney. That nation is Fiji and the challenge to my workouts is I am going there. Now having been to Fiji twice previously so I have a certain expectation of what my eating habits will be. Breakfast cocktails and rich seafood are the order of the day so I will have quite an issue when it comes to continuing my fitness journey.

This is where I will be spending my time.

To combat this I am taking my PS3 with me and hoping I can connect it to the TV in our hotel room. This will at least give me the ability to continue doing my workouts, I will also try as best as possible to choose a healthy option for dinner (except for my anniversary night, that dinner is Lobster all the way), keep active (plenty of swimming and walks up to the nearby marina) and drink my rum with Diet coke. Hopefully if I can do these things I can prevent any major weight gain.  If not it could be a very bad week. Willpower don’t let me down.

Of course this also means that there will not be a blog entry next week. Internet access is sketchy at best so I will be unable to give you an update on how things are going. Fear not as I will be returning on the 25th of March, just in time for the final weekly update and shortly after that a summary entry on my whole experience during the 9 week challenge. So stay tuned loyal readers for the impending ending of this hi-tech fitness journey.
Another pic of where I am staying. Are you jealous yet?
Hewso’s Stats Tracker
Workouts completed                                     - 32
Hours of Exercise                                            - 17hours 48 minutes
Calories burned                                               - 11290
Distance Ran                                                     - 38.03km
Average Heart Rate                                        - 126 bpm
Max Heart Rate                                                - 195 bpm
Total Weight loss                                             - 12.8kg
Measurement loss                                          - 16cm

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Interview.

The time is 2138hrs on Monday the 7th of March. The interviewee is a Mrs A Hewson, aka Ms Mitchell, aka Ook the Chook. Detective Hugh Gass conducting the interview.
Please note this is not actually my wife, just a random pic from google.

Mrs Hewson, I would like to remind you that anything you say can and will be used in a court of law. I would also like to remind you of your right to legal counsel and that you have indicated you are willing to wave that right.
Detective H Gass: Mrs Hewson, if that is your real name. What were your first thoughts when your “so called” husband came to you with the idea of this experiment?
Mrs Hewson: I was initially excited; I thought it was a great excuse for my husband to actually do something about his weight. Later on I had some fleeting worries that he had wasted our money on a system that is unlikely to work.
Detective H Gass: How has this experiment affected your life? As a wife and a mother surely this has had some effect on your family’s daily routine.
Mrs Hewson:  Having to cook my own dinner is something I had to adjust too. My husband was the primary cook in our house until he began the EA Sports Active program. Now he is too busy eating veggies and healthy cuts of meat to cook me my favourite meals of Spaghetti Bolognaise or Beef Stroganoff.  His working out has also played havoc with our going out plans. Now we have to wait until he has done his workout until we can go to a friend’s place or head to the movies.
Detective H Gass: Mrs Hewson, after all of the “working out” surely there has to have been some discernable results. Please describe what you have seen and remember you are legally required to tell the truth.
Mrs Hewson:  My Husbands recent clothing purchases have fit much better. His body seems to fit into standard sizes without looking like a watermelon in a condom. Another thing I have noticed is my arms now fit around him much easier so if I want to cuddle him, or smack him in the back head I can. Despite all of this he still seems like the same cranky bastard I married a few years ago.
Detective H Gass: So Mrs Hewson I have one final question for you. Do you think EA Sports Active 2 has worked over all, or do you think it is a bunch of crap?
Mrs Hewson: Honestly I think it works; it is a great motivator for my lazy husband. It sets him a goal and his video game obsessed mind has to complete it. I think it is some form of OCD or something. But I must say overall I am proud of his achievements so far. He has impressed me with his commitment to something he could have easily shoved on the “impulse buy” shelf never to be heard from again. But he hasn’t and he has improved his health because of it.
Detective H Gass: Thank you for your time Mrs Hewson you a free to go, but If I was you I wouldn’t leave the region anytime soon, we may have more questions for you.
Ahh, a witty police pun. Don't worry I didn't come up with it.

Anyway, I have really made you all wait to get my results for this week. And considering you read my whole bad cop drama shtick I suppose I shouldn’t let you wait any longer. The results are:
Waist Measurement                       124 (- 3cms)
Resting Heart Rate                           70bpm (the same)
Weight                                                 135.6 (-1.2 kg)
So another weight loss, smaller than last week but a loss is always a positive. That’s pretty much it for this week. A little bit unusual but I hope you enjoyed it all the same. Next week I will be letting you know about an upcoming challenge in my attempt to do the EA sports active 2 9 week challenge.
Hewso’s Stat Tracker. Week 6
Workouts completed                                      - 29
Hours of Exercise                                             - 15hours 42minutes
Calories burned                                                - 9907
Distance Ran                                                     - 32.92kms
Average Heart Rate                                         - 127 bpm
Max Heart Rate                                                 - 195 bpm
Total Weight loss                                             - 12.8 kg
Measurement loss                                          - 14cm

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Another delay, this is becoming a habit.

Sorry folks, due to unforseen circumstances I have been unable to write a blog entry tonight. I promise that tomorrow will be the day you see my wife call me a fat bastard.